Last year we completed the Children’s Neurosciences Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.   This multi-million pound clinic facility was built for the assessment of children and young adults diagnosed with a wide range of severe behaviour problems: some subdued; some highly intelligent; some severely disabled and others requiring speech and other therapies.  The clinic facilities include assessment and observation rooms with live-feed monitoring systems, medical examination rooms and specialist therapy rooms.  There is also an independent, self-contained sleep assessment clinic, aptly named the “Sleep-over Hotel”.  There are extensive support facilities for the staff which include state-of-the-art conference suite, training rooms, meeting rooms and offices.

The facility was officially opened by Rt Hon John Bercow MP (Speaker of the House of Commons) and Patricia Moberly (former Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’). Mr Bercow’s son had been a patient at the centre, and said that the new facility “respected” autistic children like no other facility.  He went on to say, “My son was treated by Professor Gillian Baird in the old unit at Guy’s Hospital, so I see first hand the difference it makes.”

Gillian Baird (OBE), Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability, also paid tribute to the people present who had been key to the success of the project.  “Staff and designers worked with patients, families and experts to create the perfect environment for the children, many of whom have autism spectrum disorders or physical disabilities.”
Patient sensitivity…
Former and existing patients were also present at the opening, some of whom had been consulted by our design team at several stages of the design process.  The feedback they provided at key stages in the design development was particularly valuable as research in the field formed an essential part of our design […]